The vinyl record is iconic — just the thought of the extra-large disc conjures up nostalgic thoughts and visualizations. For some it’s the 70s, and the era of the Hippies. For others, it’s jazz, bop, or swing, and packed diners with black and white checkered floor and milk shakes on every table. Whatever your association, there are rich musical roots codified to vinyl discs, and further, the record player itself represents a kind of classic social scenario, of friends listening to music together, not on their headphones. In the first episode of Short Lessons in Music History, we examine the history of this iconic music medium. This episode’s experts are Rob Sanzo and Jared Ackerman. Sanzo is a long time music producer and now professor at Recording Arts Canada. Ackerman is the tour and merchandise manager for popular rapper, Russ.